MANILA, June 25, 2015— A poll watchdog is tapping the help of the Catholic dioceses and parishes in urging voters to register and validate their biometrics for the 2016 elections.
The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said it will ask dioceses to help in the information dissemination of the Commission on Election’s “No Bio, No Boto” campaign.
PPCRV chairperson Henrietta de Villa said they will particularly ask the bishops to use Sunday Masses as an occasion to remind the voters about the need to have their biometrics taken by the poll body.
“The PPCRV will be assisting the Comelec by sending letters to bishops of dioceses and priests in all parishes to issue the reminder every Sunday Masses to the faithful on checking their voters’ registration statuses,” she said.
De Villa said voters need to know that they face disenfranchisement if they do not have a digital photograph, signature, and fingerprints in their registration records.
“The people should be told to just check or validate their registration because there is now a law that if your biometrics are incomplete or absent, they cannot vote,” said de Villa.
She also urged the public not to wait for last minute or for the deadline set on October 31 to have their biometrics taken for a speedier process.
“Check your registration status early. Comelec offices are open on Sundays for this. Don’t wait for the last days in October as lines could be long by then,” de Villa added.
The Comelec earlier said there about 4.3 million registered voters still without biometrics. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)